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Pauline Curnier Jardin: Artist Shorts

This screening shares three films from the distinctive universe of French artist Pauline Curnier Jardin. Often beginning with existing historical events, Curnier Jardin transforms these histories in to carnivalesque allegorical tales for the present day.

Films presented in the screening:

Pauline Curnier Jardin: Grotta Profunda: The Moody Chasm (2011, 28 mins)
Bernadette, the Pyrenean visionary, once saw and heard an invisible and religious Something which encouraged her to look for the Truth about the origins of Humanity inside a deep cave instead of taking its apparition as a response. That’s when a strange crowd popped up on her way in to the grotto and made her path a real ode to social studies.

Pauline Curnier Jardin: Bloodbath Parade (2015, 35 mins)
Bloodbath Parade is the story of a phantom circus: it returns every hundred years in order to play again on the site of original violence, relating to its audience a few of the warts and hyperboles of that fateful day. In its aesthetic form, this film poses the riddle of the monstrous simultaneity of three notions: war, the artistic avant-garde, and revolution. The circus tells of the great circus — a metaphor for collapse, surge, and cathartic explosion.

Pauline Curnier Jardin: Teetotum (2017, 3 mins)
In this very short film, Teetotum, Pauline Curnier Jardin stages the vicious and colourful games that a group of children play whilst their mother is trying to relax in the garden.